Photo: LIFE Magazine

Multiple outlets are reporting that pop music icon Michael Jackson has passed away from a heart attack after he was brought to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in a deep coma.

Despite what seemed like a deteriorating quality of life in the public eye in his later years, there is no doubt in my mind that Michael Jackson still reigns as the King of Pop. A good portion of my life was surrounded by his music — I heard it everywhere I went — and as I grew older I learned to appreciate his ability to perform and entertain to a degree unlike any other pop music performer. If you want to gauge his popularity and influence in the music and entertainment business, you might want to have a quick look at this list of awards received by Michael Jackson throughout his life. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a longer list of achievements by any other artist.

Here is the L.A. Times’ front page which shows the headlines of the death of Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett. Sad day in the entertainment industry that’s for sure.